Learn about the various Academic programs offered at Central Catholic High School. The Course Catalog and Faculty information can be found here.
(1) Each student must take a minimum of six full-credit courses each year.
(2) Each student must finalize his academic course selections by the announced deadline. Failureto complete academic course selections for the following school year within the establishedschedule will result in a late registration charge.
The academic schedule that a student receives at the beginning of the academic year will beconsidered final. Dropping or adding classes after the start of the academic year is permitted onlyin cases of clearly demonstrated, serious academic need. Course changes must be initiated by theclassroom teacher within the first three full cycles of the semester. Questions about a student’sacademic placement should be directed to the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.
(3) No student may take more than two full-credit courses in a particular academic areaeach year.
(4) To be eligible for graduation, each student must meet the following requirements:
Students must take one computer literacy course beyond Introduction to Computers. A studentwho demonstrates advanced computer skills may test out of this requirement.
(5) In extraordinary circumstances, exceptions to the above policies may be granted by theAssistant Principal for Academic Affairs.
(6) Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter.
(7) Grades issued at the end of the first and third quarters indicate the quality of the student’swork at that point in the semester. These mid-semester grades do not appear on the student’spermanent record.
(8) Grades issued at the end of the first and second semesters appear in the Semester column ofthe report card. This grade is an evaluation of the student’s work for the entire semester.
(9) At the end of a full-year course, the final grade is the exact mathematical average of the firstand second semester grades.
(10) A final grade of 69% will be raised one point.
(11) All grades, once submitted, are final. A grade will be changed ONLY upon demonstrationof a computation error.
(12) Honor Roll: The Honor Roll is published and certificates are distributed at the end of eachquarter. A student’s Honor Roll status is indicated on the quarterly report card. The Honor Rollin June is calculated on the second semester grades (not the final grades).
The Honor roll is determined by calculating the Simple Quality Point Average during a givenquarter. Level 1 under the Quality Point System (see appendix) indicates the values given forHonor Roll purposes. To determine the Simple Quality Point Average add the quality points under Level 1for each grade in each course and divide by the number of courses.
(13) Advanced Placement: All students enrolled in Level 5 (AP) classes are required to take the APexamination for each class as a course requirement.
(14) College in High School: Central Catholic students may gain “College in High School” creditin several courses through the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and La RocheCollege. Dual enrollment (taking a Central Catholic course for which transcript credit is alsoawarded by the sponsoring college or university) remains the decision of the student and hisparents. By enrolling for credit through the college or university, the student assumes the financialresponsibilities and work requirements outlined by each credit-awarding institution. Althoughthe dual enrollment option provides a significant educational opportunity, no student is obligatedto enroll in the College in High School program.
(15) Class Rank: Student class rank is based upon a Quality Point System (see page 17) that weighsgrades for each course. The selection of the Senior Class Valedictorian is based upon cumulativeQuality Point averages (cQPA) at the end of seven semesters of high school (2nd Quarter of thesenior year). The student with the highest cQPA is named Class Valedictorian; the Salutatorian isthe student with the second highest cQPA.
(16) Summer School: A student with a failing grade on his record may not return to CentralCatholic. A failing grade can be removed by successful completion of Central Catholic SummerSchool or an accredited public or private summer school program.
A tutoring option will be granted only if our Summer School Principal and the Assistant Principalfor Academic Affairs agree that sufficient reason exists. Written approval must be obtained fromthe Summer School Principal before the first day of summer school. Tutors, other than thosearranged through the Summer School Principal, must possess a valid state teaching certificate andmust present notarized documentation to the school that the equivalent of 60 hours of combinedinstruction and student-generated assignments has been completed satisfactorily.
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